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Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1986)
by Gianfranco Ferré

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Gianfranco Ferré for Man information

Year of Launch1986
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 149 votes)

People and companies

HouseGianfranco Ferré
Parent CompanyAngelini > ITF Cosmetics
Parent Company at launchDiana de Silva

About Gianfranco Ferré for Man

Gianfranco Ferré for Man is a masculine fragrance by Gianfranco Ferré. The scent was launched in 1986

Gianfranco Ferré for Man fragrance notes

Reviews of Gianfranco Ferré for Man

For me, this complex fragrance is predominantly about a tobacco accord with a boozy-herbal sweetness reminiscent of the base of Cartier Santos.

Lovely
04th September, 2020
This is wonderful and it smells to me for all the world like Monsieur Carven, which pre-dates this by a mere eight years, with cardamom discreetly taking centre stage at the heart of Ferre for Man whilst Carven opts for cinnamon.

Many of the notes listed on the respective scent pyramids on this esteemed site are unsurprisingly shared between the two fragrances. The overall impression of Ferre for Man in comparison to the ever so slightly more rugged Monsieur C is that it's a little stronger in terms of both longevity and projection, a little less spicy and a dash sweeter, smoother and more powdery all at the same time.

Comparisons aside, this is a civilised, classically done men's fragrance from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s powerhouse (with a small 'p') that doesn't scream, shout or offend like many of its contemporaries but nevertheless lasts all day and beyond on my skin. Utterly wearable on most occasions and likely to appeal to men over 30 by virtue of its release date, this is a refined blend of woods, spice and leather, all present in exquisitely balanced proportions which give it a timeless quality and is Ferre's magnum opus for men without a doubt.
30th January, 2020
Stardate 20191119:

I don't think I can add anything to what has already been said. It is a great fragrance and a great bargain. Delivers Patou Pour Homme punch at Azzaro PH price.
Italian craft at its best. For some reason folks prefer French houses to Italian in fragrances. I could never fathom why. Oh well buy it while still cheap.
19th November, 2019
Gianfranco Ferré was a fashion designer known within his circles as "the architect of fashion", and although he was cut down tragically by a brain haemorrhage in 2006, he helped maintain a simple style rooted in Italian tradition during his years with us. Ferré must have been doing something right, because he eventually saw appointment as creative director at Christian Dior from 1989-1997. On the fragrance side of things, Gianfranco Ferré has always been small potatoes, launching Gianfranco Ferré (1984) followed by this masculine version two years later, then dotting the landscape with new releases every few years without a ton of fanfare. After his death, clothing became the biggest focus for the creative directors who inherited ownership of the label, with most fragrances seeing discontinuation in 2015, and two new feminine fragrance lines rebooting the label's scent footprint in 2016. Despite this, enough stock remains on most Gianfranco Ferré masculines that exploration isn't too painful, but this debut male fragrance is honestly the only one most colognoisseurs really need. Gianfranco Ferré for Man is beautiful hybrid style merging the French aromatic citrus chypre with the herbs and crisp moss of an Italian barbershop fougère. I'd say Gianfranco Ferré ultimately stays in the chypre lane due to it's leather base, but it's almost too gorgeous for words, and although I'm going to try my best, something this close to being the peak for it's genre needs to be experienced first hand in order to truly "get it". Best part of all? This really isn't an 80's powerhouse despite it's release year, so it's never rude in modern or strange company.

Fans of everything from Moustache by Rochas (1949) to Monsieur de Givenchy (1959), Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971), Balenciaga Ho Hang (1971), Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme/Bogart Signature (1975), Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978), Azzaro Pour Homme (1978), Un Homme Charles Jourdan (1980), Dior Jules (1980), Versace L'Homme (1984) or Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo (1984) will absolutely fawn over Gianfranco Ferré for Man; the lineage is all right there in the bottle. It has all the right moves and curves in all the right places, from it's slightly skanky citrus top, through it's green florals and herbs heart, to it's woodsy, mossy, leathery base that just wows from the minute it peaks out from under the rest. The opening of Gianfranco Ferré has been cited as unsettling to some, and well... I can see that. The top of the fragrance borrows the tart urineous lemon from Moustache but tames it a bit with manadarin in place of lime and civet. Bergamot is of course present, but once the middle arrives it's all kitchen spice rack and green herbs in the "fern" accord joined by jasmine, lavender, petitgrain, and orris root. The base is the real star of the show, and the herb-crusted floral citrus pyramid on top is merely a segue to it. Cedar, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, and a very strong oakmoss note joust with the leather under the nose, in the very same "leather in the forest" way that Dior Jules manages, but with an even crisper moss finish that stays around all day long. It's just utterly delicious.

Not everyone likes a chypre, nor does everyone like the lemony herbal treatment typical of the Italian barbershop variant, so despite my gushing, this isn't for everyone. It's flown under the radar for years and only recently has started slowly rising in price in the aftermarket, and current Gianfranco Ferré perfumers ITF Beauty couldn't give the stuff away for years, which is a real shame. Old moss heads likely already know the deal on this stuff, as it's one Hell of a mossy little number, and vintage fans into male chypres probably already have their half-dozen backup bottles too, so no big rush in this if you're new to chypres, but it will reach unobtainanium prices sooner or later if it hasn't already by the time you read this, plus there are cheaper examples to get your feet wet anyway. However, if you want to shoot almost strait to the top of the heap without messing around, this 80's latecomer to a style that arguably passed from prominence in the 70's is an excellent starting point. I dare you to find a crisper, smoother, and more composed aromatic citrus and leather masculine at any price save maybe something in the exorbitant ultra-luxe range where a home mortgage payment is the asking sum. The beautiful herbal/floral moss treatment here is nearly second to none this side of maybe deep vintage Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955), but is really closer to the aforementioned Balenciaga Ho Hang, being a good replacement for it considering how much of a unicorn that long-gone scent has become in the wild. I can't help but feel like Vito Corleone from The Godfather when doused in this stuff! Pure old-school Italian gentlemanly class for fans of mature masculines! One of the best!
31st July, 2018 (last edited: 01st January, 2019)
As others have noted the opening is quite unsettling to me as well, sharp citus (petigrain, bergamotte?) and a coniferous aspect (fir?) that I find a bit jarring. I do like sharp citrus tops such as in R de Capucci or Nobile but here it doesn't work for me. However and fortunately it gets better and better in it's evolution, a beautiful leather chypre soon emerges that can hold its own with the best of them.
Past the tops, GFM is excellent and will be in regular rotation, it offers some of the best elements of the genre in a "generic" kind of way, without some of the more unique aspects that makes others of its classe more unique (Maxim's, Macassar, Moschino for example) and that makes it an easy reach.
It also has the added benefit that it seems to be an easy and affordable vintage find.
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25th June, 2018
I have a decent size spray sample of this, and it reminds me quite a bit of Patou Pour Homme, a lighter citrus version, with a smoother leather texture, a beautiful, complex fragrance.

Update: Having acquired a bottle, I'm not getting much connection to Patou Pour Homme anymore. It's a nice fragrance, just slightly sweet, agreeable, and wearable, but arguably on the tame side.
02nd December, 2017 (last edited: 03rd February, 2018)

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